December 31, 2007

Unconventional names don't slow this college crowd

Category: NCAA General — Patrick Stumpf @ 6:14 pm

With the 2007 campaign coming to a close, I’ve decided to release my special edition name list.  Over the past seasons, I’ve compiled a list of who I thought has the best name in college football.  The best part about this list is these players not only have awkward names, but have succeeded and will continue to succeed in their sport.  There was only one criteria I targeted; an incredibly unique first AND last name.  Without further ado, my top 5 names in college football from 2007-2008: (click for ESPN player page)

1. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas–  This guy’s name was an instant classic for me.  The bonus is how incredibly talented he is.  He will enter the 2008 NFL Draft as the top WR in his class, and should go in the latter half of the first round.  The 6’5 senior, who missed 2007 to repair wrist ligament damage, caught 20 TDs in his four-year career at Texas, second in school history.  His best season was 2006, when he caught 46 passes for 801 yards and 12 TDs. 

2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Ole Miss–  Another instant classic (just couldn’t top Limas), BenJarvus was another very productive player at Ole Miss and Indiana. In his freshman year for the Hoosiers, Green-Ellis rushed for over 700 yards and 5 TDs, but then sat out his sophomore season, after the NCAA transfer rule prohibited him from playing for Ole Miss.  Green-Ellis then took off in his final seasons for the Rebels, producing back-to-back 1,000 total yard seasons.  Green-Ellis does figured to be drafted, but unless he has an amazing combine, will probably go in the later rounds.

3. Hoost Marsh, WR/KR, Wyoming–  Wide-receivers must have a knack for having eye-popping names, and Hoost’s is no exception.  Between himself and Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey it was a close call, but because Darrius is a fairly common first name and Hoost is absolutely not, Mr. Marsh got the nod.  After he was red-shirted his freshman season at Wyoming, Marsh found his niche rather unorthodoxly.  After an injury the starting returner went down to injury, Marsh stepped in and exploded, netting a 13.5 yard/return average, earning First Team All-Mountain West honors.  Although he didn’t catch a pass until last year, Marsh has made his mark as one of the greatest returners in Cowboy history.  He may be drafted, but probably strictly as a returner.

4. Jabu Lovelace, QB, Rutgers–  The lone underclassmen on this list, Lovelace gets special honors for having an exceptional name.  Although he didn’t played much because of quarterback Mike Teel’s play, he received some time in 2007 and produced with his legs.  Lovelace rushed 82 times, accumulating 332 yards and 4 TD’s, the team’s leading rusher behind only the Scarlet Knight’s star back Ray Rice.  He should continue to push Teel, a junior, for the starting job next year, while seeing action as a option quarterback, setting him up for a standout senior year, barring a transfer.

5. Neefy Moffett, DE, Florida State–  Got to get some defense in here! Watching a Florida State/Clemson game on ESPN earlier this year, I saw Moffett’s name appear on the screen after he had made a play, and I knew I had to submit his exceptional name on this list.  He and his teammate, safety Mister Alexander both received consideration for this final spot, but unfortunately for Mister, Alexander is too common a last name for this exclusive list.  Moffett, a junior speed rusher is one of the Seminoles more experienced defensive lineman, and should project well in next year’s NFL Draft, listed at 6-1, 254 pounds (a bit of a “tweener”).

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